Do you have some days where you know you should exercise, but you just don’t really want to? Do you ever go back and forth in your mind about all the things you could do or would rather do, and eventually talk yourself out of a workout? The good news is that you are not alone – I think we all have those days! The bad news is that if this happens on a consistent basis you can get out … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Fitness Judy Eggebeen

I love the ease of this savory and satisfying dish–Slice off pieces of steak and pound them as thin as possible between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Then, marinate and grill quickly. Prep time: about 10 minutes (add 3 hours marinating beef) Cook time: About 6 minutes Serves 6   1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) Laura’s Lean Beef Eye of Round steak sliced into 6 thin pieces and pounded thin Juice of 1 lemon 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup … continued…

Eye of Round
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

How well do you sleep? Do you wish you could get better sleep? Now let me ask you a few seemingly unrelated questions… Do you exercise? What kind of exercise do you do? How many hours do you spend sitting each day? A recent poll done by the National Sleep Foundation found an interesting relationship between exercise and sleep. People that are active, sleep better than people who are not. The best part is that there seemed to be a … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen

In my “Water Please!” post, I talked about how easy it is to find a bird bath at your local garden store. And, that’s true. I probably saw 20 varieties on a trip to the store last weekend. But for a truly custom look. It’s fun to make your own bird bath. Oh, and did I mention, it’s easy, relatively inexpensive and allows for lots of creativity. Just like buying a bird bath, starting this project requires a trip to … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Decorating Tips DIY Pam Freeman

Have you ever wondered how to really clean fruits and vegetables? Whether you are buying organic produce from a local farmer or picking straight off the supermarket shelf, it’s important to make sure you are cleaning it well. Some fruits and veggies are more delicate than others so take special care when cleaning those.   Consider these tips when cleaning your produce: • Choose local – it will be picked closer to its peak of ripeness so less chemicals may … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

Herbs are a great addition to your garden and don’t take up much space. I love to plant them in my garden and in pots to keep near the back door. That way I have enough for preserving but they are also close by to snip into a salad. Some of my favorites include basil (thai, sweet, and lemon varieties), parsley, cilantro, rosemary, and mint. Over time I have found that those seem to be the ones that I use … continued…

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Contests & Giveaways Foodie Gift Ideas Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD

I love Indian food, and I had made up a filling for little turnovers (samosas) that I would describe as curried mashed potatoes. It’s such a warm, satisfying taste. I decided to try using the filling as an ingredient for meatballs. The results, with warmed mango chutney as a glaze, were a huge hit in my house. Sounds exotic, but these ingredients, even ready-to-use minced ginger, if you don’t want to chop your own– are all easy to find in … continued…

Samosa Meatballs
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes

This time of year, the only thing most of us can think about is how to beat the heat. And while we can hang out at the pool or relax in the air conditioning, the wildlife that we attract to our gardens can’t. The butterflies, bees and birds that we work so hard to host can be left high and dry if we don’t provide them with some water. It’s funny, because this is often the most overlooked part of … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Gardening Pam Freeman

Do you ever get into an exercise rut? I know it happens to me, and from my experience, I think this happens to pretty much everybody. Believe it or not, your mind isn’t the only reason you feel that way; your body knows it’s happening, too!   One of the great things about exercise is that your body adapts to the stimulus that you provide it, ultimately making you stronger and increasing your fitness level. But in order for your … continued…

Contests & Giveaways Fitness Judy Eggebeen

As the burgers cook, the scent of the cedar wafts up and around the grill, making everyone’s mouth water with hunger. There is so much flavor here, that I don’t like to mask it with any sort of roll, but for the purists at heart, feel free. Just enjoy. (I’d like to try it with smoked gouda cheese next time to make it a ‘triple-smoked’ burger (liquid smoke, cedar smoke and smoked cheese). Don’t forego the grilled, smoked onions–they are … continued…

Cedar Smoked Burgers
Barb Freda Contests & Giveaways Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling